Advance Your Nursing Knowledge​

An Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN)

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Earn Your MSN Online

You work hard to make a difference in patients’ lives every day. Now, it’s time to make a difference in your life. With a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from American Public University (APU), you develop the core knowledge and skills to advance your nursing practice and the delivery of quality, patient-centered care.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

NOTE: This program has specific admission requirements and is currently not open for admission to residents of Washington state.

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CCNE - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


APU is part of American Public University System. This master's degree program at American Public University System is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

Per Credit Hour

Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

Per Credit Hour

For master's programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

Affordable Ebooks

Some master's-level courses provide no-cost ebooks to minimize your expenses.

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Becoming a Master’s-Prepared Nurse

Be part of the movement to propel nursing into the future, taking coursework that includes population-based healthcare, research and evidence-based practice, informatics and technology, and health policy.


As part of this MSN program, you choose a track to tailor your studies and meet your professional goals. Your studies conclude with a practicum in your chosen track.


The mission of the program is to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to professional registered nurses by fostering lifelong learning through a spirit of inquiry in order to prepare students for service and leadership roles in a diverse and global society.

Expert Faculty

You’ll be guided by faculty who share their real-world knowledge from hospitals and healthcare systems, public health departments, government agencies, and the military.

Getting Started

No entrance exams or GRE® scores are required. But this master’s program has prerequisite admission requirements. Please request information to learn more.

Helping You Save on Your Master's

Explore your options to make learning affordable.

* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, (parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents) are eligible for the Preferred Military Rate of $250/credit hour for undergraduate and $290/credit hour for master’s-level courses. The Preferred Military Rate, which is applied automatically, supersedes all other university grants and special rates, and cannot be combined with any other special promotions.

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